US Senator Bob Corker, famously attached to the scandal that ensued after the UAW lost an election to unionize Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is now discussing the company’s SUV plans.
As part of VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn to address dwindling demand in the US, the company plans to locally build a new mid-size SUV to cater for increased demand in the segment. Now, the US Senator said a decision on whether to produce the new model at the company’s US plant or in Mexico is “in the very near future.”
“I’m not going to put a time frame, but it’s moving in the right direction,” said the Tennessee Republican. “I have no indication that things are different than we thought prior to the election. It does take a while to sort of get everybody moving together and moving ahead. But again, there’s more happening than meets the eye,” Corker added.
“We’ve had conversations about trying to set up a meeting,” added the state’s governor, Bill Haslam. “But we haven’t had any meetings.”
The US state offered VW officials a $300-million incentive package to get the seven-seater SUV up and running in Chattanooga but the governor later withdrew the offer as the plant’s workers were preparing to vote on whether to allow the United Auto Workers set up an union unit for them.